"It's okay to be different"
“It's Ok to be different. Everyone's different. If the world was the same it would be boring.”
Putting on a play is always eventful! With Drama Express being no ordinary theatre company and the performers being no ordinary young people, the twists and turns are full of drama, on stage and off.
Rooted in the belief that youngsters with additional needs have a right to access the performing arts just like their mainstream peers, Drama Express provides an opportunity for 10 – 25-year-olds to unleash their personalities through drama. The film 'It's Okay to be Different' shows that impacted not only on the participants but their families, will be shown on Friday July 8th at Stour Connect Centre.
Amelia, Ruby, Charlotte, Jimmy, William, Lydia, their family and friends, stars of Cornwall's unique theatre group for youngsters with additional needs were filmed over 12 months. “It’s OK to be Different” charts the evolution of an exuberant performance, rooted in their experiences of the Covid lockdowns, building to the first performance at Cornwall’s famous cliffside theatre: The Minack.
The film is both an argument for acceptance and exploration of identity, giving the audience an insight into the challenges and joys of living with additional needs, as experienced by the young people and their families. Robin Toyne, a director, writer and producer with over 30 years experience, believes everyone has a story to tell. He will be there on the day to talk about the making of the film.
There will be two showings: at 11am and 1.30pm. Entrance is free but booking is essential. Contact Friends of Stour Connect on 01258 471359 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very sorry that the film had had to be cancelled due to a recent covid surge but, as promised, we have now arranged a new date. This is going to be on the 15th of September 2022. Again, there will be two showings as detailed above, all at the same times. We look forward, covid permitting, to seeing you there in September!
Café will also open to serve hot and cold food, paninis, toasties, cakes and snacks, as well as hot & cold drinks. To see café menu click here...